We would generally say to use the same sun protection techniques that you would use for any of your children.
Primarily, we advise sun avoidance in the very hot parts of the day- 10am to 4pm April to September in the UK. It will be different for different countries.
In the UK we don’t get a lot of hot weather, however the UV can be high, for those times of the day we say to avoid being out if you can, if you’re out avoid the sun by sitting in the shade. The shade does not prevent you from getting UV, but it decreases it, so sitting under a tree or under a parasol and walking on the shady side of the street are really good ways to minimise sun exposure.
The second thing is protective clothes which massively reduce your sun exposure.
- a big hat which goes across the ears, back of the neck and over the face is probably the best thing you will ever do for any of your children when they’re small,
- longer sleeve T shirts instead of strappy T shirts to cover the shoulders,
- longer legged shorts
- UV suits- if you’re definitely going to be out in the sun, or going on holiday then UV suits which cover those areas are really worth while.
Last of all, sun cream! We recommend 30 – 50 or 50 plus SPF for babies. After that, 30 plus SPF on the areas that are exposed.
If you have to be out in the sun and you’ve worn suitable clothes but your face is still showing… then put sun cream on your face or the tops of your feet. Anywhere on your body which faces upwards.
This advice is the same for all children, in the UK you can get some protective sun cream on prescription from your GPS.